Large Red Damselfly – Felbrigg water-meadows this morning
Following on from my last blog, I quickly discovered that, whilst I was away, Spotted Flycatchers have indeed been seen in Felbrigg – which is a relief and an annoyance! I’ve been down several times since I found out but seen nothing. Today I walked through the park to Cromer, via the lake. No Spot Flys but plenty of Dragonfly / Damselfly activity, with Common, Blue-tailed, Large Red-eyed and Large Red all in evidence, along with Emperor and Broad-bodied Chaser. In amongst the latter, along the western edge of the water-meadow, I saw a ‘blue & black’ hawker type, which I assume was the male Hairy Dragonfly, reported by Simon a couple of days ago. This leads me to think that the ‘yellow & black’ dragonfly which I saw go ‘to roost’ on the evening of the Big Sit could well have been the female of this species. I can’t come up with a more convincing identification. There was little by way of bird activity – a lone Egyptian Goose and a couple of Sedge Warbler in the reeds, north of the top sluice, were the high-lights. We were on Peregrine watch-point duty this afternoon – plenty of action there though, with both adults coming and going on a regular basis.
Whilst dragon watching this Buzzard flew over carrying what looked like a partially eaten Frog